Gender and racial differences in career decision-making dispositions of college students enrolled in STEM majors
Mau, Wei-Cheng J.
Perkins, Valerie J.
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Mau, W.-C., Perkins, V.J., & Mau, Y.-H. (2016). Gender and racial differences in career decision-making dispositions of college students enrolled in STEM majors. Universal Journal of Psychology, 4(6), 254-260. doi:10.13189/ujp.2016.040602.
Anticipated shortfall in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in the United States has prompted researchers and policy-makers to examine the supply pipeline and factors influencing the supply pipeline. Applying Social-Cognitive Career Theory, this study examined decision-making predisposition of college students who were interested in STEM majors. Results show significant gender and racial differences in in decision-making self-efficacy, decision-making style, and career indecision. Logistic analyses show that race, decision-making style, and career decision-making self-efficacy significantly predict enrollment in STEM majors. Implications for counseling interventions are discussed.
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